I've been playing Holdfast for some time since it launched on Steam. The game is great as it is scratching a niche itch. I see a lot of potential and room to make it even better.
One thing that has me worrying though and that concern I want to share as a suggestion: maintaining a wide enough playerbase.
The thing is that currently you need to join a regiment with a separate TeamSpeak to be able to really enjoy the game and experience some epic moments. I for one, unfortunately, don't have the time to join a regiment. My gaming time is just too limited for such an investment. But that doesn't mean that when I play, I wouldn't want to experience true cooperative play. The opposite is true.
My suggestion to make sure you can address an as broad as possible playerbase is twofold: staggered VOIP & a General class.
- Games like Squad and Blackwake (also Unity games) features 3 levels of VOIP. In Holdfast we could imagine, for example, a channel for the officers to communicate with their men, a channel for all officers to coordinate among themselves and a channel level for a "General" to orchestrate the entire battle. Having such native VOIP levels would stimulate cooperation also among more casual players. This hierarchy would also have to be visible in the spawn screen.
- Holdfast would greatly benefit from a "General" or "Admiral" class. My inspiration for this class comes from Mount&Blade: Warband and Battlefield 2. All player should vote for the player they want to promote to that role at the beginning of a match. The general can summon an overview map of the battlefield which shows all friendly units and the enemy units that have been spotted. Using his dedicated VOIP level he can then orders certain officers and his men to go attack or defend certain areas. Coordinate battles equal more epic moments for everyone
TL;DR: To appeal to more players and to make Holdfast a more interesting game for non-regiment gamers, a staggered in-game VOIP system (e.g. per 'squad' as in Battlefield) and a new General class that can order all squads around would be a very welcome addition.
My two cents